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B194: Civil War reminiscence (photocopy) of Salem Holland Ford (1835-1915), March 8, 1909

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Identifier: A0286-00219

Title: B194: Civil War reminiscence (photocopy) of Salem Holland Ford (1835-1915), March 8, 1909


Born in Shelby County, Ky., in September 1835, Salem Ford served in the cavalry of the Confederate army from 1861 to 1865, with the rank of captain from early 1863. He served principally in Mississippi, Missouri, Arkansas, and the Indian Territory, and chiefly with Shelby's Cavalry Brigade of Sterling Price's Division, later Price's Trans-Mississippi Army. He died in March 1915 in Owensboro, Ky.

Includes reminiscence of Ford's enlistment in the Confederate army and his service in Missouri and Arkansas. Contains descriptions of numerous battles, information on his adventures while on recruiting expeditions in Missouri, fighting alongside Indians (p. 13), foraging expeditions, the assistance offered by Confederate women (pp. 22, 37-40), a battle with the gunboats Queen City and Tyler in Arkansas (pp. 24-27), and the gun dubbed “Old Sacramento” (p. 36). Contains several mentions of Captain Henry May Woodsmall, Samuel Ford's brother-in-law and fellow soldier.


Place: United States

Dates: 1909-03-08

Type(s): Reminiscence

Maker/Creator: Ford, Salem Holland, 1835-1915

Subjects: Civil War, 1861-1865
Armed Forces
Recruiting and enlistment
Indians of North America


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